90 points (Wine Spectator - Nov. 15, 2016) "This sports a brambly feel, with lots of dark licorice and warm fruitcake notes mixing with lightly steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Maintains good energy through the modestly toasted finish." VINTAGE REPORT Very late vintage, 2013 saw us harvest until the middle of October. After a very fresh spring, the hot and sunny summer allowed a beautiful maturity of grapes while preserving a lot of freshness. A very well-balanced vintage!
LIRAC BLANC « COMTESSE MADELEINE » 2015 - 90 points « I loved both of the whites from this terrific estate, and their 2015 Lirac Comtesse Madeleine Blanc (50% Marsanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and the rest Clairette and Picpoul) is a salty, medium-bodied, nicely concentrated white that makes you salivate. Pineapple, apple blossom, brioche and plenty of minerality emerge from the glass and it will shine on the dinner table over the coming year or two (or more). » The Wine Advocate
Olivier Poussier, French Best Sommelier 1990 and World Best Sommelier 2000 rated 17/20 the Baron de Montfaucon Châteauneuf du Pape 2014, comparing its style, finesse and purity with superstar estate Château Rayas ! Made from a small parcel (1,3 ha) next to the famous La Crau plateau in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, close to the Vieux Télégraphe and Pegau. It is picked, vinified and aged by Rodolphe and his team. 92% Grenache old vines and 8% Mourvèdre. Aged in Burgundy barrels. #Montf
Mr and Mrs IIDA very kindly hosted us in their family guest house in Yao near Osaka. We enjoyed traditional Japanese cuisine with delicious Sashimi and Tempura, great sake and wine. #RhoneGang #Iida #Yao #Osaka #SaintCosme #Barruol #Pesquie #Montfaucon
Ishida san, Asian best Sommelier welcomes us at L'Aube https://www.facebook.com/laube.tokyo/ Inspired gastronomie, beautiful dressage, exquisite food and wines. Small, classy and friendly. La Classe ! #Barruol #Pesquie #SaintCosme #Montfaucon #RhoneGang #Restaurant
Rhone gangsters Hirotaka, Louis, Rudi and Arnaud meet at Chitose Winery. We love Japanese wines ! Amazing place, outstanding food, beautiful people ! #RhoneGang #Montfaucon #Barruol #SaintCosme #Amanohashidate
LIRAC ROUGE 2013 Silver medal - 90 pts Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault. The 2014 red wines are purely charming, full of delicious fruit notes! The gourmand intensity of red fruit (cherries, wild forest strawberries) and floral notes (violet, rose) cap vate the senses while delicate pepper and smoky notes appear to compliment the nose. The mouthfeel has a beau ful structure and body with same intense fruity notes lingering to a long and fr